Crowns and bridges are among the most common restorative procedures in dentistry. When the strength and integrity of your natural teeth have been compromised, these durable solutions are the keys to rebuilding and enhancing your smile.
It is important to note, however, that these two restorations serve very different purposes. One of them is used to restore the shape and function of a single tooth. The other fills the void that has been left by a missing tooth (or multiple missing teeth). Depending upon your needs, your dentist will recommend one of these procedures or a combination of both in order to create a healthy, lasting smile.
A crown is sometimes referred to as a “cap” because of the way that it covers and protects your entire tooth. It is generally made from a metal base with a strong porcelain coating, an all-ceramic design, or a full-metal structure (such as gold or stainless steel).
Crowns are customized to the size, shape, and shade that best complement your natural teeth, and they are permanently cemented into place for stability. Teeth that are badly broken, weakened, or discolored are generally best served by crowns. A crown may also be recommended as the finishing touch atop a dental implant.
A bridge is a common solution for permanent tooth replacement. They are designed in much the same fashion as dental crowns (metal and porcelain, all-ceramic, or full metal), but typically consist of 2 or more crown units which are connected to span the distance from one natural tooth to the next.
In cases where there are multiple missing teeth, your dentist may recommend a bridge that is anchored and fully supported by dental implants.
Once the teeth are linked together, you will no longer be challenged by a space or gap created by a missing tooth. You will enjoy full chewing function and feel confident that your smile appears complete.
Choosing a crown or a bridge to restore your smile is a decision that you won’t regret. With regular dental checkups and cleanings, plus proper homecare, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the advantages of quality dentistry.
To discuss your restorative options, contact the dental practice of Dr. Alan Gurman today.
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